Live blog: BU vs. Colgate

Be sure to follow along for our live coverage of BU’s first game of the season at Colgate.

Live Blog BU vs. Colgate (10-8-2016)
 

BU lines:

Harper – Forsbacka Karlsson – Carpenter

Bellows – Keller – Greenway

Olsson – Curry – Roberto

Kelley – McDermott – Chabot

 

Hickey – Fabbro

Krys – McAvoy

Somerby – MacLeod

 

Oettinger

LaCouvee

Live blog: BU vs. Under-18 U.S. NTDP

Follow along for game updates of the Terriers exhibition against the Under-18 U.S. National Team Development Program.

 

Live Blog BU vs. U.S. NDTP (10-5-16)
 

BU lines:

Harper – Forsbacka Karlsoon – Carpenter

Bellows – Keller – Greenway

Olsson – Curry – Roberto

Kelley – McDermott – Chabot

 

McAvoy – Krys

Diffley – Fabbro

Somerby – MacLeod

Switzer

 

Oettinger

LaCouvee

Prawdzik

 

From the FreeP: The 2016-17 Hockey Preview Issue is here!

At last, the annual Hockey Preview Issue is out! We have some great content on the team this season, and are looking forward to you guys checking it out. Here are the links to each feature in the issue!

  1. Terriers welcome talented incoming class, look to bounce back from last season
  2. Terriers at last, Bellows, Fabbro and Keller look to cherish college hockey experience
  3. Somerby looks to guide young team to a title in final season
  4. Injury free, Nikolas Olsson appreciating life, role as BU hockey assistant captain
  5. Sophomores Greenway and McAvoy, with winning pedigree, look to lead BU to new heights
  6. 20 Questions: Brien Diffley and Brandon Hickey talk rats, team style and Coldplay
  7. The Blue Line: Is BU hockey better than it was the last time?
  8. No. 4 men’s hockey prepares for U.S. NDTP exhibition, Colgate season-opener
  9. With new complexion, BU women’s hockey looks to secure defense in 2016-17
  10. Coomey, Lachapelle reflect on BU hockey memories, close bonds as assistant coaches

You can also pick up a print copy of the issue in several locations scattered about BU campus. If you’re not around BU campus, you can view the PDF of the print edition here.

Thanks as always for your support, and we hope you enjoy the issue this year!

BU officially announces 2016-17 roster, three new staff members

Doyle Somerby will serve as the team's captain this season.
Doyle Somerby will serve as the team’s captain this season. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Get excited, Terrier fans. BU hockey is just around the corner.

The Boston University men’s hockey team released the official 2016-17 roster on Wednesday, as well as announced the addition of three new staff members.

The 26-man roster consists of 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. A whopping nine freshman will don the scarlet-and-white jerseys this season. Senior defenseman and Marblehead, Mass. native Doyle Somerby is this year’s team captain, while junior forward Nikolas Olsson and sophomore center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson have been named assistant captains.

The roster announcement comes with just over three weeks until the Terriers host an exhibition against the University of Prince Edward Island on Oct. 1, and exactly a month until the season opener at Colgate University.

As far as staff goes, former team manager Brittany Miller has been named the director of hockey operations, Kyle Czech is the team’s new strength and conditioning coach and Brian Eklund was named a volunteer assistant coach. He’ll focus on the program’s goaltenders.

Miller served as team manager for the last five seasons, focusing on analyzing statistics and ice-time during games. She also made travel accommodations for the team and managed ticket requests. Miller even helped out with the team’s social media accounts.

The first female to receive a full-time role on a Division I men’s ice hockey program, Miller earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Boston University. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the Questrom School of Business last year, and earned a master’s degree from the College of Communication this year. She will replace Chris Dyment, who spent one year at the position.

“We have known Brittany for a long time and she has really helped this program run efficiently over the last five years,” Terrier head coach David Quinn said in a GoTerriers.com release. “When the director of hockey operations job opened up, it was an easy decision to make. She is incredibly smart and driven, and she gets along well with people. Brittany loves BU and we’re very fortunate to keep her here with our program.”

Czech will serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, replacing Sean Skahan, who joined the Minnesota Wild this offseason as head strength and conditioning coach. Czech comes from Prentiss Hockey Performance in Connecticut, a prestigious training facility that has helped train NHL athletes like Jonathan Quick, Torey Krug and James van Riemsdyk. He has previously worked at both Clemson University and the University of Wisconsin.

“In the short period of time he has been here, our players have found him to be incredibly smart and personable,” Quinn said in the release. “He works incredibly hard and will be a great addition to our staff.”

Lastly, Eklund joins the program after serving as assistant goaltender coach at Harvard University for three seasons. He owns Massachusetts Crease, a goalie school that has mentored goalies both in college and at the professional level.

A 2004 Stanley Cup Champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Eklund played college hockey at Brown University before signing a two-year deal with the Lightning. The team’s third goaltender during their title run, he made his NHL debut in the 2005-06 season before playing two seasons in the AHL.

“He has a great reputation as one of the best goalie coaches around and will be a valuable addition to our staff,” Quinn said in the release. “Based on his coaching experience and his professional hockey career, we are looking forward to having him work with our three talented goaltenders.”

Eklund replaces Mike Geragosian, who was the goaltending coach at BU for 17 seasons and helped the Terriers reach 10 NCAA tournaments.

Click here to see the entire 2016-17 Terrier roster.

Defenseman Ryan O’Connell commits to Boston University

Yet another recruit has committed to becoming a Terrier.

Canadian defenseman Ryan O’Connell announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will suit up for head coach David Quinn’s side. The 17-year-old is expected to arrive on campus for the 2018-19 season.

The 6-foot-1 blueliner last played for Saint Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario. O’Connell totaled 31 points on four goals and 27 assists in 55 games during their 2015-16 CAHS season, earning a plus/minus rating of 14.

Before that, the left-handed shot was a member of the Ottawa Jr. 67s AAA hockey club for three seasons. He tallied 56 points in 74 games, and helped the team to an OEMBHL championship in 2013 and an OEBHL title in 2014.

O’Connell appears to be the first defenseman recruited for the 2018-19 season. He joins center Jake Wise and forwards Jack DeBoer and Tyler Weiss as 2018 commits to BU. O’Connell is NHL draft eligible as early as 2017.

Six Terriers to participate in Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp

Jordan Greenway was one of six Terriers selected for NJEC.
Jordan Greenway was one of six Terriers selected for the NJEC.

College hockey season may be months away, but there are still opportunities for Boston University fans see some of BU’s finest take the ice.

On Friday, USA Hockey announced the two rosters that will participate in the National Junior Evalutaion Camp, which will be held June 30 to Aug. 6 in Plymouth, Michigan. The rosters come out a day after six Terriers were invited to the camp. Sophomore forward Jordan Greenway, freshman defenseman Chad Krys, sophomore blueliner Charlie McAvoy and freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger have been placed on the Blue Team, while freshman forwards Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller will join the White Team.

This will be the second NJEC for Greenway, McAvoy, and Krys. They were on the beginning roster last season with teammates Brandon Fortunato and John Macleod. Only McAvoy, Fortunato and Krys survived the final roster.

The athletes have been separated into two groups for three days of practice, as well as for games against Finland and Sweden. Team USA will trim its roster to a single team on Aug. 2 before finishing the camp with games versus Canada, Finland and Sweden.

You can find the 2016 NJEC schedule here.

Incoming Terriers Krys, Harper taken at NHL Draft Saturday

Chad Krys joined BU's cohort of draftees on Saturday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF: USA Hockey
Chad Krys joined BU’s cohort of draftees on Saturday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF: USA Hockey

After four Boston University athletes were drafted in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, two more Terriers heard their names called on Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The two most recent draftees, Chad Krys and Pat Harper, mean that BU led all college programs in total prospects selected this year. Read on to find out where the incoming freshman ended up.

Chad Krys

His draft stock may have dropped, but Krys didn’t have to wait long to be drafted Saturday, as the Chicago Blackhawks took the defenseman 45th overall. The selection now means Krys and his father, Mark, who was a Terrier captain in 1990, are the first father-son combo to attend Boston University and be drafted into the NHL. Most teams see the 18-year-old as having plenty, as he was selected to Team USA’s World Juniors team this past winter.  The Blackhawks aren’t a team that are need immediate help of any kind, as they have had nine straight winning seasons and won the Stanley Cup three times in the last seven years. Krys will head to Commonwealth Avenue this fall to improve his game, and the Blackhawks will wait until the right time to bring him to Chicago.

Pat Harper

One of BU’s lesser-known newbies, Harper was taken by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round with the 138th overall selection. Harper, 18, joins incoming teammate Dante Fabbro as a member of the Predators. The forward last played for Avon Old Farms, where he tallied 39 assists and 59 total points.

 

Four Terriers selected in first round of 2016 NHL Draft

Kieffer Bellows was the latest first-round selection from BU in last night's draft. PHOTO COURTESY OF USA Hockey
Kieffer Bellows was the latest first-round selection from BU in last night’s draft. PHOTO COURTESY OF USA Hockey

It was a historic night for Boston University at the NHL Draft, as four Terriers were selected in the opening round. It is only the second time in league history that four athletes from the same college program were drafted in the top 30.

Incoming stars Clayton Keller, Dante Fabbro and Kieffer Bellows, as well as returning defenseman Charlie McAvoy, all heard their names called Friday night at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Read on to see which NHL teams took a chance on some of the best BU has to offer.

Clayton Keller

The U.S. National Team Development Program’s all-time leading scorer was called up to the stage early on, as Keller was drafted seventh overall by the Arizona Coyotes. The 17-year-old is the sixth Terrier ever to be a top-10 selection.

“It’s a great feeling, it’s hard to describe, and I’m just so thankful to be picked by them,” Keller said after hearing his name called. “I was a little bit shocked, but its a great organization and I’m just so ready to get started, and they have such great players there so I’m really excited.”

Keller, who tallied 37 goals and 70 assists for the U.S. NTDP last season, is now part of a Coyotes team that went 35-39-8 in 2015-16 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Arizona ranked 24th in goals scored and 20th in power play percentage, which could explain why the team opted to go with a natural scorer like Keller. It remains likely the 5-foot-10 forward will don the Scarlet and White for the 2016-17 season, but the Coyotes can take comfort in knowing they secured one of the top offensive playmakers in this year’s draft.

Charlie McAvoy

After an impressive freshman campaign on Commonwealth Avenue, McAvoy was selected by the Boston Bruins with the 14th overall pick. A mobile and creative blueliner and a member of last season’s Hockey East All-Rookie team, McAvoy, 18, follows in the footsteps of former teammate Matt Grzelcyk, a defenseman drafted by the Bruins in the 2012 NHL Draft.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just so happy to be a part of the Bruins,” McAvoy said after becoming a Bruin. “Boston is an unbelievable city with great sports and great people. I’m glad to be staying there.”

The Bruins barely missed the playoffs with a 42-31-9 record and finished 19th in the league in goals against. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney made it a priority to pick up a solid defenseman in this year’s draft, and McAvoy will likely provide a significant boost somewhere down the road.

Dante Fabbro

One of nine incoming Terriers, Fabbro was taken 17th overall by the Nashville Predators. Fabbro is a strong all-around defenseman who excels at moving the puck. He was named the British Colombia Hockey League Defenseman of the Year last season after recording 67 points with the Penticton Vees. The 18-year-old should contribute in the next year or so for his favorite NHL team in the Predators, who went 41-27-14 last year and reached the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Kieffer Bellows

Bellows ended up with the New York Islanders, who took the forward with the 19th overall pick. Bellows, 18, is proficient at finding the back of the net, becoming the fourth 50-goal scorer in U.S NTDP history last season. The son of former NHL forward Brian Bellows, Kieffer joins Terrier captain Doyle Somerby as a member of the Islanders, who went 45-27-10 in the 2015-16 season. Bellows likely will need a couple of years with BU head coach David Quinn before moving on and bringing his physical style of play to the professional level.

The NHL Draft continues Saturday at 10 a.m. with rounds 2-7 on NHL Network.

BU releases 2016-17 home schedule

PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Boston University’s home schedule was released Wednesday afternoon. The Terriers will play 18 games at Agganis Arena, including 11 Hockey East games.

BU will open its season with exhibition games versus the University of Prince Edward Island on Oct. 1 and the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Oct. 6. The Terriers fell to the Under-18 squad, 7-4, last year, with incoming freshmen in forwards Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows, goaltender Jake Oettinger and defenseman Chad Krys featuring prominently.

Head coach David Quinn’s squad will then return to Commonwealth Avenue on Oct. 21 to host Sacred Heart University. It will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. The following night, 2015-16 national runner-up Quinnipiac University will come to town for its first contest at Agganis in team history. Boston University got the best of the Bobcats last season, defeating the country’s then-No. 2 squad, 4-1, in Connecticut.

The Terriers will then host their first conference opponent on Nov. 5, when defending Hockey East champion Northeastern University makes the short trip from Matthews Arena. BU will then play the University of Connecticut at home two weeks later.

Harvard University comes to Agganis Arena for a non-conference game on Nov. 22 after the Terriers earned a 6-5 win on the road over the Crimson last season. BU’s next home game is against Providence University, who defeated the Terriers in the 2015 national championship. The Friars and the Terriers played twice last season, with both games resulting in ties.

BU will then host Yale University on Dec. 13, the final game before the holiday break. It will be the first trip to Agganis for the Bulldogs since 2009. After the holidays, the Terriers will begin the second half of the regular season with a game versus Union College on Jan. 5. That matchup will be the last non-conference home game of the season.

After the Union game, Boston University’s last eight home games will be with familiar foes. Boston College comes to Agganis on Jan. 13 as part of the Green Line Rivalry. The Terriers then host the University of Maine on Jan. 20, Merrimack College on Jan. 27 and the University of Massachusetts Lowell the following night. BU had a 4-3-1 record against those four teams last season.

In February, the University of Massachusetts Amherst comes to town on Feb. 3, while the University of New Hampshire visits the Terriers Feb. 17. BU will wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games versus the University of Notre Dame, who will be leaving Hockey East next season for the Big Ten Conference. The Terriers split a pair of games with the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana last year.

The full 2016-17 regular season schedule will be released in the coming weeks.